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A bi-dimensional assessment to measure the performance of circular economy: A case study of tires end-of-life management

Geoffrey Lonca, Romain Muggéo, Hugue Tétreault-Imbeault, Sophie Bernard and Manuele Margni

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Cite this document: Lonca, G., Muggéo, R., Tétreault-Imbeault, H., Bernard, S. & Margni, M. (2018). A bi-dimensional assessment to measure the performance of circular economy: A case study of tires end-of-life management. In Benetto, E., Gericke, K. & Guiton, M. (eds.), Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66981-6_4
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Abstract

Although circular initiatives emerge around the world, the process of decoupling the economic activity from resource consumption and environmental impacts is far of being achieved. The concept of circular economy embodies the opportunity to reconcile an improved resource use while reducing the environmental footprint. Appropriate assessment metrics and methodologies are needed to identify potential trade-off between these 2 sides of a single coin. In this paper, we apply the Material Circularity Indicator (MCI) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to analyse tires end-of-life strategies aiming at improving the circular flow of all tire materials. Results reveal re-treading is interesting to produce trade-offs on environmental impacts while re-grooving offers a fully decoupled strategy that improves material circularity avoiding environmental burdens. Further improvements should integrate environmental assessment as well as economic factors to link micro scale to macro scale contributions to sustainable development.

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Subjects: 1600 Génie industriel > 1600 Génie industriel
1800 Génie chimique > 1800 Génie chimique
Department: Département de génie mécanique
Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Research Center: CIRAIG - Centre international de référence sur le cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 11:01
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2021 01:20
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/4723/
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Publisher: Springer Nature
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66981-6_4

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